Dear Members and Friends,
We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. As we celebrate the independence of the United States, German companies are showing some concern over the recent developments in international trade. A non-representative flash poll by the DIHK showed that 75% are directly or indirectly impacted by the steel and aluminum tariffs regarding imports into the US, and 57% are directly or indirectly impacted by the tariffs regarding exports from the US. The GACCs are monitoring the trade and investment situation for German subsidiaries in the US closely.

Talent and diversity management were the topics of our July Business Luncheon, where our new National Partner SW North America discussed how to leverage talent for business growth in a global marketplace. We invite you to join us and executives from the German business community for our next Business Luncheon with Manuel Merkt, President & COO of Hermle Machine Company, on August 1 .  

Last but not least: Together with our Wisconsin Chapter, we invite you to the 2018 German Fest Reception in Milwaukee, WI on July 27. Register now for summer networking in a unique atmosphere, make interesting business contacts and enjoy German food and beverages.

Enjoy the Read!

Your GACC Midwest Team
July Highlights
Read the latest in German-American trade
Skills Update on how to integrate Veterans into the workforce
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Transatlantic Cluster Initiative on E-Mobility, August/October 2018
As the American appetite for E-Mobility innovation continues to grow, GACC Midwest is organizing two events on this evolving topic:
- In August, a US roadshow on the topic of E-Mobility will tour Colorado and Michigan . Guests of the roadshow will hear interesting presentations, participate in site visits and more.
- In October, 15 select participants will join a delegation trip to Germany to speak with German E-
Mobility players from business, research institutions and leading industry associations and clusters.

Submit your content by July 20:
Have you read our special publications on Successful Hiring or M&A in the US yet? Take a look and be a part of our next two investment guides:
- The Future of Mobility
- Industry 4.0
Our Media Kits contain all details so you can make sure to be represented in our special brochures. As an added benefit, your submission will be included in the GACC Midwest Report 2019.
In order to provide our members with benefits and information in the most accessible way, GACC Midwest is starting a Webinar Series:
- Talent is hard to find. Would you like some pointers from our experts ? Register now
for our first webinar on Successful Recruiting in the US at 9:00 am CST on August 2. Can't
make it? Watch a short video about our special publication on the topic.
- Are you getting ready for your first trade show in the US? Join our Intercultural Training
leading up to IMTS / Hannover Fair USA at 4:00 pm CET on August 23 or 30 (German).

From September 10-14, GACC Midwest and the ICATT Apprenticeship Program will be present at IMTS/Hannover Messe USA , the premier manufacturing technology show in North America.
- 9/10-14: ICATT Apprenticeship Program at the IMTS Student
- 9/11: Join us for the 6th IMTS German Night Reception
- 9/13: Public Graduation Ceremony for the inaugural ICATT cohort
The German American Business Awards are the highest accolade for our business community in the US. Applications for the national Awards in Digitalization, Innovation, and Services are opening soon. Save the Date for the Awards Ceremony in Chicago and review your sponsorship opportunities at this exclusive event on October 19, 2018.
In June a group of US agricultural professionals traveled to Germany as a part of our Transatlantic Agricultural Dialogue. Farmers in both countries see an increasing need for transparency and met to determine best practices for consumer engagement and addressing the public’s questions about food production. Want to join this international exchange to discuss practical ideas in agriculture? Join our upcoming programs on direct marketing.
Update from the Energy Dialogue : Grid Operators
With the goal to collectively navigate newly emerging power systems , the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) hosted a study trip to Germany in June as part of their Energy Dialogue. The GACCs and the Renewables Academy (RENAC), under the leadership of adelphi consult, support the Energy Dialogue, and brought a select number of US energy leaders to discuss decarbonization, policy-driven incentives, as well as developments in electricity generation, demand response, storage and energy efficiency with German system operators, grid regulators and policy makers. Learn more in the Energy Newsletter .
German-American Business Forum (DAWT), Stuttgart, Germany
The German American Business Forum in Stuttgart saw 230 attendees from German companies preparing to enter the US market. Our panel on German businesses and the US administration was of particular interest. Peter Riehle, Chairman of GACC Midwest and President & CEO at WITTENSTEIN North America, explained how tariffs are impacting their US business and how the ICATT Apprenticeship Program supports their workforce development in the US. See impressions from the event here.
- Our Chicago-based team is hiring an  Assistant Manager  for the

- Join our Consulting team and assist German clients with their market entry strategy for the US market.   

- Paid internships for 6-12 months  in all our departments. If you are a
student or recent graduate, join our growing team.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Update

GACC Midwest takes the protection of your data very seriously. Given the recent General Data Protection Regulation, effective since May 25, 2018, we are informing you that we have taken steps to ensure diligent compliance with the newly introduced regulation. 

Please read our updated Data Privacy Policy in compliance with the new European General Data Protection Regulation. Should you no longer want to receive communication from GACC Midwest, please use the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this email or send an email directly to and we will stop sending you email notifications.

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Stay in the Know:

  • This article shows that German-American business relations are currently strong despite political turbulence.

  • German confectionery company Haribo will start its construction work in 2019 on a manufacturing facility in southeastern Wisconsin. Learn more.

  • How does President Trump's "America First" policy affect German businesses? Read more (German only).

  • Register now and join DANK Haus for a behind-the-scenes tour of Dovetail Brewery.

  • Watch this video and apply for the German Chancellor Fellowship by September 15.
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German American Chamber of Commerce ®  of the Midwest, Inc. - GACC Midwest
 Nils Schaede
 Director, Marketing & Communications
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 Tel.: (312) 494-2169 | Fax: (312) 644-0738